Bronze footbath with its stand

Period: Classical

Date: late 5th–early 4th century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: total H. 8 7/16 in. (21.5 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938

Accession Number: 38.11.5a, b


This elegant footbath has a low, broad bowl with a delicate overhanging lip decorated with small beads and a pattern of narrow tongues around the outer edge. Its two long, slender handles curve up at the center and have a vertical ring of large beads at the highest point. At both ends, the handle is secured to the bowl by soldering a pair of pendant palmettes with coiled volutes above long, slim leaves with rounded tips. Long, curved projections extend from the outer sides of the palmettes, ending in bell-shaped florals on the rim of the bowl that frame the handles.